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Engineer II / Engineer III - Protection & Communications Engineer (Richmond, VA)

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Job Summary

Dominion Energy’s System Protection Engineering Standards department is seeking a highly motivated Electrical Engineer to help us build the grid of the future.  The Protection & Communications Engineer is responsible for performing the engineering analysis and design of the Power Line Carrier (“PLC”) pilot communications systems used across Dominion Energy’s electric transmission system.  The engineer will select and specify the PLC equipment for all capital projects, support the System Protection Engineering Standards Team, and contribute to the development and implementation of new digital protection technologies like IEC 61850 and Ethernet-based Transfer Trip. 


**There is one position, Engineer II or Engineer III, which will be filled at the level commensurate with the successful candidates education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities**


The position will be filled as either an Engineer II or Engineer III based on experience. The Engineer II/Engineer III is fully competent to expert level in all conventional aspects of the subject matter. Second level position in the engineering series provides engineering support in designated company area, or specific engineering discipline. Engineer III is the top progression level position in the engineer series. Includes senior to technical expert engineers, able to perform difficult and complex work requiring thorough knowledge of the subject  matter and significant experience within functional assignment area.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Selecting and coordinating all PLC signal frequencies, ensuring adequate margins are maintained to prevent interference between carrier signals employed by Dominion Energy and neighboring utilities/customers
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on the specification and application of PLC equipment, including transmitters/receivers, line tuners, wave traps, monitoring devices and schemes
  • Producing and maintaining all pilot communications systems drawings, including PLC one-lines and distributed generation transfer trip diagrams
  • Maintaining databases of all PLC frequencies, transmitters/receivers, and ongoing/upcoming projects
  • Developing communication equipment configuration settings for new and existing protection schemes
  • Providing expert technical assistance to various engineering teams, project management teams, and field technicians to fully develop and implement the protection and control design packages
  • Performing peer review of engineering design packages and reviewing as-built drawings from the field
  • Assisting in the development of protective relay settings for Dominion Energy’s electric transmission lines, transmission substation assets, and distribution substation assets
  • Supporting the development of new standard protection schemes and the evaluation of new protective relay and protective communication equipment
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of Dominion Energy’s standard protection schemes, including drawings, documentation, descriptions, standard guidelines, and application notes
  • Providing technical support to the fault analysis team in the review of protection system operations
  • Participating on various company teams and industry-level organizations to enhance Electric Transmission’s system protection performance
  • Participating in trade and industry organizations and benchmarking activities
  • Performing other duties as requested or assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

The knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences required for entry into this job include the following:

Engineer II: 3+ years of relevant engineering experience 

Engineer III: 5+ years of relevant engineering experience

*Note: Please see additional required engineering criteria below in Education Requirements; A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or greater will be considered one year towards the qualifications; A master’s degree can count as one year experience


  • BS Electrical Engineering degree required. Advanced Degrees may be substituted for years of experience
  • Power Line Carrier (PLC) communications, telecommunications engineering, or digital / analog communications systems highly preferred
  • Understanding of AC/DC fundamentals, including three-phase power systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of substation components and their functions
  • Knowledge and understanding of the protection principles and practices for transmission lines, distribution feeders, and major substation equipment
  • Knowledge of analog communication fundamentals (modulation, forward/reflected power, dB basics, SNR, etc.) and how this applies to pilot communications over electric power lines including hardware employed (line tuners, CCVTs, wave traps, transceivers, hybrids, etc.)
  • Understanding of basic networking concepts including architecture, major hardware (switches, routers and gateways) and physical media (fiber, copper and media converters)
  • Understanding of the OSI Model and various communication protocols (TCP/IP, ARP, Telnet, etc.)
  • Knowledge of communication systems and protocols used in the utility transmission substation environment (SCADA, DNP, Modbus, SEL Communication Protocol, GOOSE Messaging, IEC 61850) is desired
  • Experience with short circuit modeling software preferred (e.g. Aspen, Cape)
  • Understanding of IEC 61850 communication protocol for intelligent substation protection is a plus
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to independently plan and organize work assignments
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including technical writing
  • Equally effective with working independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to think analytically and solve complex problems
  • Experience writing scripts, macros, or code to develop tools used to automate work processes (VBA, Python, .NET, C#, etc.) is a plus
  • Ability to interpret codes, regulations and practices
  • Self-starter who is comfortable actively seeking formal and informal learning opportunities


The company is actively seeking United States military veterans and service members who meet the qualifications outlined below.

• Military service members and veterans with ranks from E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined above.

Education Requirements

Education Level Required: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering


For placement of a candidate in the Engineer job series, the following criteria must be met:

  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an ABET accredited engineering program based on the year that the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or 
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an institution outside of the U.S. which is accredited through the country's own engineering accrediting body under the Washington Accord as a full signatory, and is a degree that was recognized by the country's accrediting body on or after the date that full signatory status was achieved, or 
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited program and a postgraduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or 
  • Possess a 4-year degree in Physics, Chemistry, Math or Engineering Technology and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or 
  • Holds or has previously held a valid U.S. Professional Engineer license.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

Working Conditions

Cold Up to 25%
Energized Wires Up to 25%
Heat Up to 25%
Loud Noise Up to 25%
Office Work Environment 76 -100%
Operating Machinery Up to 25%
Outdoors Up to 25%
Radiation Up to 25%
Travel Up to 25%

Other Working Conditions

Test Description

No Testing Required


Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.


Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  

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1. Great Work Life Balance
2. Generous Pay and Benefits
3. Collaborative & Inclusive Culture

About Dominion Energy

I am your warm cup of coffee in the morning and I light your home at night. I am the cool breeze from your A/C on the hottest day in summer, and the red coil that heats your soup pot on a frigid winter’s day. I am sustainable, reliable and affordable.
I am not just any energy… I am Dominion Energy.
We're transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, our team and our industry.  We're shaping the future of energy in America.
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·17,000 employees
·Headquarters: Richmond, VA
·16 states in the US
·$100 billion of assets
·Nearly $35 million in charitable contributions
·100,000+ volunteer hours recorded in the community

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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